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The Locos and the Architectural Tour

By Betse Davies

That’s an odd combination. What do the locos have in common with San Miguel architecture? Quite a bit it turns out. The traditions of the locos date back to the 18th century just as most of the colonial buildings in town. The Locos Parade is a mixture of Christian and pagan traditions and much of the architecture is adorned with pagan decorations, in particular the Parroquia. The locos have always worn imaginative costumes. Originally they were dressed as scarecrows, and of course most of the buildings in El Centro are decked out appropriately for different holidays during the year, especially Christmas. For several hundred years the buildings have been exposed to the craziness of the locos in June, but of course they stay sedate and serious at all times. What stories they could tell about all the activity they have been exposed to!

Architectural Walking Tour
Special monthly tour of Downtown
San Miguel by Jay Moskowitz
To benefit Patronato Pro Niños for medical and dental care for Mexican children
Thu, Jun 19, 10am
Meet in the Jardin across the
street from the Parroquia
200 pesos

That leads up to my telling you about the Architectural Tour that will be given on Thursday, June 19, by Jay Moskowitz, one of Patronato Pro Niños guides whose interest in architecture led him to develop this tour. The buildings cannot tell you their stories, but Jay can interpret their styles, which span four centuries. Yes, the styles changed as did the costumes of the locos, and there are excellent examples of each in the downtown area.

The tour leaves from the Jardín across the street from the Parroquia at 10am. It will last approximately two and a half hours and is mostly level walking. Your 200-peso donation supports the work of Patronato Pro Niños, an organization which provides medical and dental care for the needy children of not only the city of San Miguel but also the large rural area surrounding it. We have a dental office in our modest building in addition to the doctor’s office. Two fully equipped dental vans visit the villages. We are in real need of a third van for more frequent visits to the many communities. No reservations are necessary for this monthly tour.


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